"If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit" (Galatians 5:25).

Taking a walk after supper became a guarded ritual for our homeschooling family. Each night, the entire family walked together down our country road to a creek a quarter mile away. Since our youngest daughter wasn't capable of such a long hike, we improvised and included her in this family time by pulling her along in our little red wagon. As we walked, we talked about whatever came to mind and observed the wonders of God's creation in nature. We never knew where the conversation was headed or what discoveries we would see along the way. We simply enjoyed the exercise and looked forward to this unhurried time of being together as a family.

One morning during my usual rushed devotion time with God, the Holy Spirit spoke to my heart and convicted me. I cried as I realized I had been shortchanging my time with God and quenching the intimacy of His love. Instead of a quiet, unhurried walk with my God in Bible study and prayer, I had been running down the road to the day's activities and problems. I had given up fellowshipping with my loving Lord for feeling more organized and in control of my day. I shook my head at my stupidity and said, "If my daily walks with my homeschooling family on Earth are important for maintaining a close relationship, my daily walk with God is certainly even more important!"

What about you? Do you hurry through your quiet times with the Lord to get a jump on the busyness of the day's activities? Take a bit of hard-learned advice and learn the lesson of walking daily with the Lord. He really is so much fun to be with as you relax in His love. Best of all, you never know where the conversation may lead and what new spiritual truths He will give you to face each day. "Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more" (1 Thessalonians 4:1).

Lord, slow me down and teach me to walk hand in hand with You as I homeschool my children each day. You are the most important part of my life. Help me to treasure every moment of every day with You. In Jesus' name, Amen.